Apr 25, 7:30pm: BRAVO prelude at Classical Up Close

OSO and BRAVO winds meet before performing together in January, 2017. Photo by Rich Kolbell

For the third year, Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak and her fellow musicians have invited BRAVO students to join them in a side-by-side prelude performance at their festival of community music called Classical Up Close.  Symphony musicians present free chamber music concerts all over the metro area exploring many musical styles and a range of ensemble combinations. See the full schedule here.  Student wind musicians from BRAVO Cesar Chavez will play selections from their repertoire joined by members of the Oregon Symphony before their 7:30 concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Northwest Portland:

Tuesday, April 25   7pm Prelude Performance

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral    147 NW 19th Ave

This event is free and open to the public

Thank you to Sarah and the musicians and supporters of Classical Up Close for sharing your music with all of us!

Student Profile: Jasper

  Jasper is in his first year of BRAVO, playing clarinet at Cesar Chavez School. He is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. He is very happy to be learning how to read music and to play an instrument. His mom used to play the accordion and his great grandpa played violin. He is… Continue Reading

Apr 3, 7:30pm: Black Violin + BRAVO at the Schnitz

Black Violin is shaking up stereotypes wherever they go.  And they go a lot of places!  Kevin Sylvester (violin) and Wil Baptiste (viola) played at the Presidential Inauguration in 2013, toured to over 35 countries, and have been profiled on NPR. BRAVO’s performance onstage with them last year was for most of our students one… Continue Reading

Mar 14, 12 noon: Rotary Club BRAVO performance and presentation by ED Seth Truby

Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world, and Portland Rotary is one of the earliest and strongest chapters. They host a regular series of lunch speakers focusing on topics of community service and cultural exchange. Their featured speaker at an upcoming luncheon is BRAVO co-founder and Executive Director Seth Truby. Come… Continue Reading

Mar 11, 2pm: Edna Vazquez with BRAVO in Hood River

Portland’s own fabulous Edna Vazquez brings her soulful vocals and energetic guitar playing to the Columbia Center for the Arts for a joint concert with the Vivaldi Strings from BRAVO George.  A featured concert in the CCA’s poTENtial Program Series, this afternoon event is sure to inspire. Saturday, March 11   2pm Columbia Center for… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Esmeralda

  Her hands move like dancers, seamlessly forming the hand symbols for DO RE MI, the singing language the Rosa Parks Elementary School BRAVO students learn for reading music. The language is called solfége, and Esmeralda started learning it as an eight year old in third grade, in BRAVO’s very first class. With the music… Continue Reading

Feb 25, 4:30pm: BRAVO debut in McMinnville

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown invited two music ensembles to perform at her Inauguration on January 9: BRAVO Youth Orchestras, and the McMinnville High School Symphonic Choir.  What Gov. Brown didn’t know is that these two groups have already started to collaborate on bringing El Sistema music education to McMinnville.  Our joint performance at the Capitol… Continue Reading

Feb 19, 3pm: BRAVO joint concert with the PYP Young String Ensemble

For the second year, BRAVO will share the stage with the musicians of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, America’s first youth orchestra. We’re delighted to invite you to this side-by-side concert with the Young String Ensemble in the stunning setting of the atrium at Wieden + Kennedy’s headquarters in the Pearl District.  Please join us for an afternoon of… Continue Reading

Dec 16, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra PREMIERE concert

  The BRAVO Community Orchestra is a new ensemble created in partnership with the University of Portland that brings together BRAVO youth with college students and community musicians in an intergenerational orchestra. We’re excited to share a fun program of diverse repertoire including: Arabian Dance – the classic holiday favorite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite a new original… Continue Reading